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Experience won over youth today
Date: 12/10/2020 11:01 PM
Published by : Emilie Sommer (BEC)

Already a few hours after finishing today’s first ties, the teams were ready to go on court and fight again. 

Scotland vs Ukraine

Just like in the first tie, Scotland’s Adam Hall and Julie Macpherson showed why they are one of the 15 best mixed doubles pairs in Europe. In just 20 minutes, they had secured Scotland’s first point against Ukraine. 

Kirsty Gilmour was up against young Polina Buhrova, who gave her some problems in the first game. In the end, Gilmour won the first game and the second game too without problems. 

- She came out pretty quickly, and maybe I wasn’t as prepared as I could have been. But I managed to get up to the pace, find my rhythm and eventually settle in. And I think maybe experience won over youth today, Gilmour started. 

The doubles, Adam Hall/Christopher Grimley and Julie Macpherson/Ciara Torrance made the last two points for Scotland and another win. Even though Scotland is not the seeded team in the qualification group, they are aiming for the finals in Finland. 

- We always love the team events. We like to come together as a team and have the chance to qualify for the main event. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s nice to come and battle with some teams here in the qualification, but we are aiming for the finals, Gilmour states. 

Spain vs Latvia

In the first two ties, Spain has been very strong, losing only one game in the ten matches. Lorena Usle and Alberto Zapico continued the strong performance and quickly secured the first point for Spain. 

The singles, Alejandro Alcala and Beatriz Corrales, just like the mixed doubles, did their job with two wins and two additional points for Spain. 

Yesterday, Pablo Abian was playing the mixed doubles as well as the men’s singles, but today he was in the men’s doubles with Luis Enrique Penalver. They faced Reinis Sefers and Andis Berzins, and with a 21-9 21-10 win, they secured another point for Spain. 

- It means a lot to represent Spain in the qualification for the Europeans. We will try to win all the matches and be in the final stage in Finland in February, Luis Enrique Penalver said. 

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